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Covid-19: Delays in attending emergency departments may have contributed to deaths of nine children

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2624 (Published 30 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2624

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Delays in going to the emergency department because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown may have been a contributory factor in the deaths of nine children, a snapshot survey of consultant paediatricians in the UK and Ireland has shown.

Three of the reported deaths associated with delayed presentation were due to sepsis, three were due to a new diagnosis of malignancy, in two the cause was not reported, and one was a new diagnosis of metabolic disease.

The British Paediatric Surveillance Unit carried out an electronic survey on 24 April of 4075 paediatric consultants, representing over 90% of all of those working in …

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